Okanagan Valley Wine

 

The Okanagan Valley is the most productive viticultural area of British Columbia in Canada. Once Canada was settled in the early 1800s, much of the country resigned itself to growing labrusca varietals such as Baco Noir, Concord and Seyval Blanc, which were resilient to the extremes in weather, but not so instantly endearing to the palate. However, many wine-makers in the Okanagan Valley, some of which has a comparably warmer, drier climate, persisted with vinifera vines until they found those most suitable to the growing conditions. In the mid-20th century, once modern techniques came into practice, most labrusca was pulled in favor of the more marketable vinifera
 
The Okanagan Valley has an array of microclimates and soil types. The area to the south in the Osoyoos subregion is considerably warm and arid, with dessert-like conditions in some areas and low rainfall. To the north in Kelowna, it’s much cooler and wetter. The south is sandy and rocky while the north is a Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Okanagan Valley

Popular Wineries in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Mission Hill Winery

    Mission Hill Family Estate, a modern take on old-world architecture, is one of the most impressiv...

  • Le Vieux Pin

    Our vineyard strategy is an acknowledgement of the Old World with a gust of New World History has...

  • Dirty Laundry Vineyard

    We are a boutique producer of premium quality wines. Our annual production is preciously limited,...

  • Willow Hill Vineyards

    In 1997 we purchased five acres of bare land in an area of the Okanagan Valley known as "The Gold...

  • Cedar Creek Estate Winery

    From the moment you enter the driveway you will appreciate that this is one of the Gold Coast Hin...

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

    Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way...

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • Dirty Laundry Vineyard Reserve Gewurztraminer 2017

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    A fairly light complexion that is of light yellow/grassy coloration and is super clear! The aromas are of dry grass, mineral, perfumed flower petals, and some tropical notes such as mango, papaya and muted pineapple. The flavors are a well rounded blend of tart citrus rind, floral spiciness and juicy tropical fruits, and mineral forward acidit... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Blanc 2018

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    The 2018 Pinot Blanc (a somewhat underappreciated white clone of Pinot - except in Alsace and western Germany) is made in a fashion applied to Chardonnay with gentle oak treatment. The nose is vanilla-infused sweet apple, and the entry, although softer and less dense than a Chard, has sweet water purity. About as good as it gets for this grape... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Yes, you get complexity with the high-end wine that merits its membership in ... 2006 Bordeaux blend from the Okanagan Valley which was definitely at a "drink me know!" moment, but the elegance and complexity was still there.  The wine seemed to evolve in the glass.  I shared that one with DV who is a fellow member of this site.I usually pay b... Read More

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  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Reserve Cuvee Pinot Noir 2017

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    Blue Mountain has been making fine Pinot Noir for some time now, and the 2017 Reserve Cuvee - made from an very ordinary Vendange - is nonetheless quite Burgundian translucent in the glass with a complex nose of sweet vanilla, spice, gentle fir and wild strawberry; entry carries obvious oak spice, strawberry preserve and soft tannin. Age-worthy... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blue Mountain Vineyards and Cellars Chardonnay 2017

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    The 2017 Chardonnay (non reserve) is no ordinary Chard. This wine has structure to last, showing light yellow in the glass, with a nose of apple, vanilla (French oak), pure spring water laced with herbs. Not quite as nuanced as the reserve, but clean as a whistle on entry with white fruit and apple on the finish, and of course a hint of oak an... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Oak Bay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

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    Pours a muddled purple/cranberry color....quite unlike anything I've seen with this varietal before! The aromas are quite intense and of deep and dark structure......heavy black currant, sultana raisin, black cherry, linseed/flax oil and oak all help one another in balancing fashion....as I warm it with my hands, I get huge whiffs of dark choco... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Blue Mountain Reserve Chardonnay 2016

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    Blue Mountain rarely disappoints, and when it does it is usually not their ... ... a benchmark for most of the Okanagan Valley BC Canada; it has a bit more aggressive oak treatment - something like some modern Grand Cru Chablis. But in this case it works: the wine is aging in grand style with gooseberry, cooking apple, and oak on the nose. E... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Foxtrot the Waltz Pinot Noir 2017

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    The 2017 Foxtrot Waltz is the last vintage by the Allander Family (sold in 2018 to American Douglas Barzelay et al.) although Gustav Allander remains to manage the winemaking. The robe of this wine is translucent cherry - reminiscent of a Beaune property, with an attractive strawberry confit and forest floor nose with a hint of cedar chest. Ent... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • C. C. Jentsch Cellars Small Lots Series Chardonnay 2017

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    The C. C. Jentsch Small Lots Chardonnay is immediately recognizable as a BC Chard: the bouquet expresses soft vanilla spice, cooked Honeycrisp Apple - similar to oak-treated Pinot Blanc. Entry has light oak, quite buttery malolactic notes, but bright, dry and elegant. Expressive of the climate and land, in fact... or clone - or all three. The... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Rico Bambino Viognier 2017

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    This is the first Rico Bambino wine tasting for me; the winery is an "urban winery" in Kelowna Canada priding itself on sustainability and things "natural" (natural ferment, e. g.) - which is all to the good. This wine, which has deepened into a rich gold colouration, evinces an attractive nose of aging viognier such as ginger, lychee nut and g... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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  • All the wines are great, but I like the white ones the most. Riesling and Gewuertztraminer are my favourites.

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  • I love this wine. It is fresh not clouded by oldworld ideas.

    Comment by 374932Schinderhannes 374932 Schinderhannes


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